Thursday, July 02, 2020

Willemstad – Dr. Glenn A.E. Thodé has been appointed in the Council of Ministers of June 19th, 2020 as a member upon the proposal of the public entities Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba as of July 1st, 2020. He succeeds Mr. Herbert Domacassé, whose term expires on July 1st.

Mr. Thodé has held various positions on Bonaire and Aruba. As of 2012, he is Rector of the University of Aruba. Previously, he was Lieutenant Governor of Bonaire from 2008 to 2011: the first years he held the position for the Island Territory of Bonaire, and from October 2010 on for the Public Entity of Bonaire.

At the beginning of his career - from 1992 to 1998 - Thodé worked as a software instructor and system administrator. After completing his law studies, he continued his career in academia for more than ten years, during which he worked for the University of Aruba and the University of Groningen, among others as a lecturer, scientific (senior) staff member and acting rector. He received his doctorate from the University of Groningen in 2006.

Glenn Thodé will shortly become a board member of the Stichting Scholengemeenschap Bonaire. As of this year, he is chairman of the Nature Trust Foundation and since 2017 chairman of the Electoral Council Aruba. In addition, he leads the Supervisory Committee on the Protection of Personal Data BES as Chairman as of the year 2014.

He has previously held various other social functions. He was chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Stichting Algemeen Pensioenfonds Aruba and chairman of the Advisory Committee on the Evaluation of Consensus Kingdom Laws and of the Advisory Committee on SGB, in order to advise the State Secretary and the Minister of Education, Culture and Science. He was also a member of the Evaluation Committee for the Constitutional Structure of the Caribbean Netherlands (Spies Committee).

Cft Chairman Prof. Raymond Gradus expresses his gratitude to Mr. Herbert Domacassé for the pleasant cooperation and his commitment to financial supervision in the Caribbean Netherlands. Mr. Gradus is looking forward to working with Mr. Glenn Thodé.

NEW YORK (AP) — After voicing support for Woody Allen and criticizing cancel culture, Spike Lee apologized Saturday for words he said were “wrong.” In an interview Friday on the New York radio station WOR 710, Lee called Allen “a great, great filmmaker.” “This cancel thing is not just Woody. And I think that when we look back on it, (we’re) gonna see that, short of killing somebody, I don’t if you can just erase somebody like they never existed. Woody’s a friend of mine,” said Lee. “I know he’s going through it right now.”


NEW YORK (AP) — Gary Phillips, a prize-winning crime novelist from Los Angeles, grew up on TV shows that showed a world nothing like the one he lived in. “I watched them all, ‘Dragnet,’ ‘Adam 12,’ ‘The Wild, Wild West,’ ‘Mannix,’ ‘Cannon,’ ‘Peter Gunn’ reruns and on and on. Now these were white guys and they were tough but fair and even-handed,” he told The Associated Press in a recent email, referring to popular programs mostly from the 1960s and 1970s. “I remember a ‘Dragnet’ episode where tight-ass Joe Friday solved racism among black and white officers in a weekend retreat. But I was a kid growing up in South Central and even then some part of me knew a lot of this was jive. We knew the cops out of Newton and 77th Division policed the ’hood a lot different than shown on TV.”

NEW YORK (AP) — An angry and emotional Dave Chappelle spoke on the killing of George Floyd in a surprise Netflix special, saying America was being punished for its mistreatment of black men. “I don’t mean to get heavy but we got to say something,” said Chappelle, who added that America is enduring “the wrath of God” for a string of police assaults on black men. The special was released Thursday and is streaming free on Netflix’s comedy YouTube channel. It was taken from a show at an outdoor pavilion in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with about 100 attendees on June 6.

Nanci Ryder, a powerful Hollywood publicist and co-founder of BWR Public Relations who became close to such stars as Renée Zellweger and Courteney Cox, died Thursday of Lou Gehrig’s disease in Los Angeles. She was 67. Ryder was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — or ALS — in 2014. The neurodegenerative disease gradually claimed her ability to walk, talk, eat and move. Her death was announced by publicist Lynda Dorf. Ryder’s clients — including Michael J. Fox, Reese Witherspoon, Viggo Mortensen and Sarah Michelle Gellar — blossomed into close friends. Zellweger thanked Ryder in her best actress acceptance speech when she won the Academy Award for “Judy” earlier this year. Witherspoon called her a “second mother.”